Why plan ahead? Funeral arrangements often times take place within 24 hours of the loss of a loved one. Pre-planning for the funeral allows families that precious time needed to make decisions regarding funeral options without the emotional stress related to the loss. The act of pre-planning also allows for one to ease the burden regarding decisions and to make their personal wishes known.
How do I start? Starting the pre-planning process can be as easy as your first phone call. Our funeral director will lead you through the pre-arrangement process. You can rest assured that our staff is attentive to your every need. We will answer any question that you might have and will never pressure you into any decisions.
Do I have to pre-pay? The most important part of the planning process is just that, planning. You will be given the option of pre-paying, paying over time, or not paying and just making your wishes known.
What are the benefits of Pre-paying?
Like the cost of everything, the cost of funeral services go up over time. By pre-paying the funeral, you will have the peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of and that your family will not have to worry about financial matters in their time of grief.
What happens if I change my mind or I move? When you pre-pay your funeral expenses, the monies collected will be place into an irrevocable trust. You cannot change your mind and cash your money out at any time. However, the money is fully transferable to any funeral home of choice upon death.
Why should I pre-plan when applying for SSI/Medicaid? By pre-planning during the application process for SSI/Medicaid you will have the opportunity to plan and pay for a funeral out of your own funds, ensuring that the funeral services are to your exact wishes. If you wait until the funds are exhausted and you are relying on the Medicaid benefit to pay for your funeral, the Medicaid benefit is very limited and may not provide for the services you wish for.
Do I have to come to the funeral home? Our funeral directors will accommodate you, whatever the need. Basic arrangements can be done at the funeral home, by phone, mail, or at the your home.
Our preneed checklist shows you how many decisions must be made by a family member at the time of your death. This does not include choosing a casket or urn and outer burial container, notifying relatives, preparing a family history for the obituary, arranging for floral displays, etc.By taking time now to consider the items below, you can make your wishes known to your family. You might even consider formalizing your preneed arrangements with a funeral director, which would allow you to complete all of your arrangements now. Name of church (if service to be held)
Clergy to preside over service (name) Would you like to have a visitation?
Open casket? Closed casket?
Biographical Information: (mother/fathers name, date of birth, social security number) Veteran Information: (DD214) Insurance Infornation Location of cemetery property and deed: (Type of property: burial space/lawn crypt/mausoleum/niche)